Shooting suspect surrenders in standoff at Los Angeles market; one woman killed

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LOS ANGELES (WCMH/AP) — About three hours after a man took hostages in a standoff with police inside a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles, the suspect surrendered.

A man suspected of shooting his grandmother and girlfriend earlier Saturday, led police on a pursuit through the city — at times shooting at officers — before he crashed outside a busy supermarket and ran inside, officials said.

One woman was killed inside the supermarket, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

Investigators believe the suspect, whose name hasn’t been released, had shot his grandmother and girlfriend around 1:30 p.m. in South Los Angeles and then fled in a 2015 Toyota Camry, said Sgt. Barry Montgomery, a Los Angeles police spokesman.

Officers spotted the suspect’s car near Hollywood and tried to pull him over, but the man refused to stop and led officers on a pursuit, Montgomery said. During the chase, the suspect shot “multiple rounds” at officers, though no officers were struck by the gunfire, he said.

At least one officer is believed to have returned fire during the pursuit, Montgomery said.

The suspect eventually crashed his car outside of the Trader Joe’s supermarket and then ran into the store. An Associated Press employee who lives in the area reported seeing a car crashed into a utility pole outside the store.

Don Kohles, 91, was walking into the supermarket when he saw a car being chased by police crash into a pole just outside. Police fired at the driver, shattering the store’s glass doors. Kohles and others inside took cover and laid on the floor as the suspect ran into the store, he said.

He could hear others around him sobbing as the man ran toward the back of the store and yell at people, but Kohles said he never heard any more gunshots. After about 30 minutes, police came inside and rushed some of the customers out, he said.

Photos posted on social media showed people frantically tried to flee from the store and some were seen climbing through windows, jumping down about 8 feet, while others darted through the back door. Video from television news helicopters showed others leaving through the front door with their hands up.

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